COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - For the second straight game, the Memphis Redbirds started out strong, only to see a big inning spur the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers) to a victory, falling 13-4 at Security Service Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Chad Huffman led the offensive charge for the Redbirds (7-7), smashing a two-run homer in the first inning before adding an RBI single in the fifth. Tommy Pham doubled and scored twice while also driving in a run of his own with a bases-loaded walk in the third inning.
Memphis had early leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before the game turned in the last of the third inning. With the bases loaded and one away, Brett Phillips connected on a grand slam to center field, pushing the Sky Sox (9-3) ahead 5-3. Colorado Springs would add another tally on an Eric Sogard solo shot in the fourth, growing the advantage to 6-3.
After Huffman's RBI single in the fifth, the Redbirds had opportunities to tie the game, but saw the 20-plus mph wind knock down a pair of deep drives at the warning track. Phillips used the wind to his aid, slapping his second homer of the game, a solo shot, with one out in the seventh inning. The blast sparked a seven-run frame for the Sky Sox that put the game out of reach. The seven runs marked the most allowed in a single inning for the Redbirds this season.
Mike Mayers took the loss for Memphis, allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.
After starting with six wins in the first seven games, Memphis has now dropped back to .500 after falling in six of the last seven contests. Game three of the series is set for Thursday evening at 7:40 p.m. CT.
The Redbirds have six more games on their current road trip before returning to AutoZone Park for a five-game series with the Round Rock Express (Rangers) April 27-May 1. The upcoming homestand includes All-You-Can-Eat Thursday, featuring wings, on the 27th, Silky O'Sullivan's Irish Heritage Night on the 28th, postgame fireworks on the 29th, and Bark In The Ballpark, with Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday and kids run the bases, on the 30th. Additional promotions are scheduled to be announced in the coming days.
For information on upcoming promotions, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/promotions. For more information on single-game tickets and ticket mini-memberships, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/tickets.
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